ExxonMobil and Reifenhäuser Create Heavy Duty Sacks Made With Multi-Cycle Recycled PE and Maintain Performance

  • Heavy duty sacks (HDS) are re-used to produce new sacks using multi-cycle recycled PE
  • Tracing and tracking technology along the cycles helps to ensure quality
  • Each sack contains up to 37 percent recycled HDS film without compromising

BRUSSELS – ExxonMobil and Reifenhäuser have collaborated to make heavy duty sacks (HDS) using multi-cycle recycled polyethylene (PE) from prior heavy duty sacks, without compromising performance. This sustainable solution, which uses up to 37 percent recycled PE heavy duty sack film with virgin performance PE polymers from ExxonMobil, maintains the performance properties of new heavy duty sacks ― even when fourth-cycle recycled PE heavy duty sacks are included in the formulation.

"When you are using recycled post-consumer PE, quality of the material is always an issue,” said Ralf Wiechmann, Product Manager Blown Film, Reifenhäuser. “When you want to use high amounts of recycled material in demanding applications, you cannot accept any quality. The solution for this is tracing of qualified film structures. These are identified before recycling and then recycled in the appropriate batch. Only then is this batch used to make new heavy duty sacks, which closes the packaging loop. Understanding the original recipe helps redesign the formulation with recycled PE to deliver the required quality."

“Working together with Reifenhäuser has allowed the combination of our polymer and converting expertise to deliver high-performance heavy duty sacks that include multi-cycle recycled polyethylene,” said David Hergenrether, ExxonMobil Chemical vice president, polyethylene. “This sustainable solution clearly demonstrates the benefits of collaboration to create differentiated solutions that meet the needs of the value chain.”

Combining recycled PE from heavy duty sacks with Exceed™ XP performance PE and ExxonMobil™ HDPE from ExxonMobil maintains the package integrity of the new heavy duty sacks, even when multi-cycle recycled PE is used. These formulations with the tracking technology can be tailored to deliver defined properties that meet the needs of specific heavy duty sack applications. To date, tests prove that the solution is well-suited for heavy duty sacks which hold semi-dry or dry goods. Exceed™ XP performance PE polymers allow the properties of the film to be retained and deliver high-efficiency processing, even when recycled content is added to the formulation.

The Reifenhäuser EVO 5-layer blown film converting technology lowers melt temperatures by as much as 20°C which, combined with a compact die head, allows for increased processability. The “take-off” system lowers the risk of thick film blocking and edge breakage.

For example, a 5-layer heavy duty sack film, including recycled PE, combines step-out stiffness-toughness and enhanced sealing properties, while delivering excellent machinability and processability. The formulation contains recycled PE in the core and Exceed XP in the skin-layers, which allows the properties of the film to be retained, while delivering high-efficiency processing, even when recycled content is added to the formulation.

For further information please visit the ExxonMobil Pavilion FG10.1 at K2019 or Exxonmobilchemical.com/HDS.

About ExxonMobil Chemical
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About the Reifenhäuser Group
Reifenhäuser Blown Film is a member of the Reifenhäuser Group, the leading provider of innovative technologies and components for plastics extrusion. Founded in 1911, the company delivers advanced solutions to customers around the world through its highly specialized business units. With its technologies and the know-how of its 1,600 employees, Reifenhäuser has the world's largest network of expertise in plastics extrusion technologies. The CEO of the Group is Bernd Reifenhäuser. https://www.reifenhauser.com/

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